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Movie acting?[edit]

I was wondering, as it isn't explained on this Wiki page about Performing arts, whether or not 'movie acting' is part of performing arts as well. Theatre acting is mentioned, but how about movie acting? If movie acting isn't part of performing arts, could there be a link included on the Wiki page to where 'movie acting' does belong too. Or atleast a mention about it. — Preceding "unsigned comment added by " (talk) 19:16, 28 November 2011‎

I think it should probably be "Acting" as the form of performing art, rather than theater or movie acting. Some of the size and style is different between film, television and stage acting, but they are all forms of acting. I'd be happy to work on this too (I added a Singing section below). -"rachel ("talk) 08:30, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Performing Arts[edit]

Performing art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. It can happen anywhere, at any time, or for any length of time. Performance art can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body and a relationship between performer and audience.

In strict terms performing arts are those art forms primarily theater, dance, and music that result in a performance. Under their heading, however, can be placed an enormous number of forms and variations from classical opera and serious theater to live variety entertainment, popular improvised theater in the streets, and even rock concerts and professional wrestling.

Performing art actually covers a very huge field. The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands and many more. Artists who participate in these arts are called performers, including actors, comedians, singers, dancers, and musicians.

There is also a specialized form of fine art in which the artist performs his or her work live to an audience. As far as I am concerned this is what called "Performance art. —Preceding "unsigned comment added by (talk • "contribs) 13:24, 1 December 2005


My "History" section needs work. The scope and basic outline are based on the referenced Infoplease article, but I re-wrote it all from scratch and researched a number of sections from other Wikipedia articles. However, there are substantial problems, that stem from the original source materials that I am not really in a good position to fix. From the mid 19th century on, there is a pronounced focus on the U.S., and almost no mention of what happened culturally in Europe. Also South America is entirely ignored. Music is only covered at a 50,000 ft level, and needs a good deal more detail. Marching performing arts are ignored entirely.

Anyone who wants to tackle these omissions with some solid research is not only welcome, but strongly encouraged and thanked! -"Harmil 15:54, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

This shouldn't be here[edit]

Why was it removed from the list? It combines athleticism with acting. It is a performing art. "-- Kevin Browning 06:18, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Lots of things "are an art" or require some creative skills. That does not make them a subgenre of the performing arts. If you can find a notable performing arts reference that includes pro wrestling, you might be able source it then include it. However, this is an overview article anyway. Not even all subgenres that are already in the performing arts are included in this article. "Clubmarx 06:41, 13 November 2007 (UTC)
Also, this is probably a better place for a full list: "List of basic performing arts topics. "Clubmarx 06:46, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Stand-up comedy.[edit]

Is stand-up comedy a subgenre of performing arts? Is it a sub genere of theater? Where should it be discussed. "Gchuva ("talk) 02:24, 14 July 2008 (UTC)


Drama isn't, strictly speaking, a performance art. As the "Drama page states, Drama is a form literature. The performance of Drama is Theatre. I suggest that Theatre should replace Drama on this page.

Good point. Done. -- "Ssilvers ("talk) 17:02, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

why is the sidebar so poor?[edit]

For something like Performing Arts, or even just Theatre, there really should be an easily-navigable but still in-depth sidebar with a multitude of different classifications and subsections. Come on, people. These are art forms. Let's give them the respect they deserve as the crafts they are. "Kikodawgzzz ("talk) 23:21, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

"Music theatre[edit]

Someone has just created an article called ""Music theatre". It seems like a confused variation on "Musical theatre, which is a B-class article, and this "Performing arts article. The new article cites only one source, but it is not clear if the source supports creating a third article to define this field apart from "musical theatre". What do you all think? Should it be AfD'd? -- "Ssilvers ("talk) 16:52, 7 October 2011 (UTC)


I'm surprised that singing is not listed as one of the types of performing arts. If no one has a reasonable objection within a week or so I'll add it. -"rachel ("talk) 08:25, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

That addition seems reasonable to me. "Lambtron ("talk) 13:52, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
As best as I can tell, "music in general, not only vocals, is as much of a performing art as is either dance or theatre. And wouldn't "poetry reading or live comedy or what a "magician does, isn't that also a performing art? I wouldn't include advocacy or public speaking or preaching to be a performing art. But it seems quite limited to have only dance and theatre counted as the performing arts. " ("talk) 03:32, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
I have (er, finally) begun a Music section on this page. It might be best as different sections such as singing, and anyone is welcome to change it, but I had asked about this months ago and then failed to do anything about it; I'm trying to find more time to edit; may as well continue along on this as able to. -"rachel ("talk) 04:40, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

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As several other editors have noticed, the lede (and rest of the article) have severe problems. There's some content overlap with "Entertainment, some of that material can possibly be duplicated here. "Power~enwiki ("talk) 18:12, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for looking at the larger picture and working to improve the wording. My immediate concern is simply that the lede follow the guideline and summarize what's in the body of the article. If we get the latter right, the former should just about write itself. "Rivertorch"FIRE"WATER 01:07, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
Although I don't have much time right now I will make some bold edits to improve the article including the lead. Happy to have changes discussed here and collaborate. If anyone wants to discuss a plan of action or ideas for improvements prior to changes happy to do this here."Robynthehode ("talk) 06:59, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

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